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"What in the World?" #3

Published 1952 circa

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Producer WCAU TV (CBS, Philadelphia)
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


-Dr. Carleton Coon
-Dr. Ralph Linton- winner of Viking Medal; author of text books; Yale University professor of Anthropology
-Dr. Alfred Kidder- UPenn; authority of people and cultures of the New World


Film Print of CBS-broadcasted television program, filmed at WCAU TV Studios.
"What in the World was the Museum's popular weekly half-hour television program which was first seen in 1951 and which ran for 14 years." Froelich Rainey, moderator; Carleton Coon, Ralph Linton, and Alfred Kidder II, panelists.

Item #1
Iron bird (black feathered diver); represent deities; made in Siberia; hung on shaman (priest) robes; dates to the last cent (19th).;Tungus people of Siberia

Bering Sea off St. Lawrence Island (Punuk Island); ivory carving of two (2) winged figures; beginning of Christian Era 100 AD; Ofik(?) culture

Columbia (near the Magdalena River on the coast); lid of a pottery jar; found in a tomb; 12th-15th centuries; eyes suggests Americas;

Arm band made of shell; Indonesia; late 19th or early 20th cent.;clam shell; Island of Nias occupied by pagan people famous for their sculptures and metal work

Woman clay figurine; Brazil; Amazonian; Shindu River made about ten years ago-1940s;

Ancient times; Palestine; Byzantine Era; 4th-6th cent AD; used as on a doorknob; found in Baysan, Palestine; famous for Egyptian deposit; Post-Roman


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